Getting older is tough. For some seniors, losing a spouse and friends can make them feel lonely. They might become isolated. As they age even more, taking care of their own house, whether it’s an apartment or a three or four bedroom house becomes even more challenging. Assisted living is one of the best options to consider, but some seniors don’t want to think about it because they have various misconceptions about it.
Then, they remain home, alone.
Loneliness can lead to an increased risk of depression. People are social creatures by nature. We were designed to be surrounded by others. When we spend the vast majority of our time alone, it can affect our mental health and that can ultimately affect our physical health as well.
How can people make friends?
If a senior does not have the physical capability of getting out and going where their peers might gather, such as to a local senior center, then how can they possibly make new friends? Through church is certainly a possibility. Heading to the mall to go for walks every morning is certainly an idea as well. However, one of the best, most effective ways to forge new friendships is by surrounding oneself with peers their own age and with other seniors who share common interests.
Assisted living offers that, and more.
A quality assisted living community should have a number of activities that are specifically designed for people 65 and over. These activities can draw out even the most hardened men and women. Those men and women who were reluctant to consider assisted living at first often thoroughly engage and are truly thrilled at what these facilities offer, not just with regard to activities and other areas of interest, but with the types of people surrounding them.
Staff can help seniors become comfortable.
A shy, withdrawn individual might have difficulty making new friends. They may have a tendency to remain in their room, but experienced staff have seen this time and time again. They know how best to approach these new residents, encouraging them, informing them of activities and other things going on, and helping them get to meet some of the people on their own floor and in other areas of the facility.
When seniors begin forging new friendships, they feel inspired. They feel better. They start to become more positive. These are just a few of the small benefits that assisted living can offer those seniors who may feel isolated and alone at home now.
For more information about assisted living facilities in Alamo Heights, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.